RISHI SUNAK claims he “gets it” that millions are suffering from the cost-of-living crisis.
Tomorrow’s spring statement gives the Chancellor the perfect chance to prove it.
Eight families of Sun readers tell us what they want from Rishi to help them get byCredit: Alamy
He is said to be planning a 5p cut in fuel duty, plus tax freezes and a possible VAT cut for struggling firms.
Eight families of Sun readers – hard-pressed by the surging cost of food, fuel and energy – here tell Mike Ridley what they want from Rishi to help them get by.
LIKE millionaire Rishi Sunak, NHS worker Adrian Marriott lives at 11 Downing Street.
But for Adrian and wife Zoe, a cleaner, it’s a £54,000 terraced ex-council house in South Normanton, Derbys.
Adrian Marriott says: ‘People are struggling everywhere. Fuel duty coming down will help’Credit: Paul Tonge
Adrian, 33, earns £18,000 a year and says: “Rishi should come to an ex-mining community like ours and see how things are.
“People are struggling everywhere. Fuel duty coming down will help.
“It’d be great to see more money pumped into the NHS but he should postpone the 1.25 per cent National Insurance rise until next year.”
INCREASE UNIVERSAL CREDIT
LOUISE Maddison, 50, faces a stark choice between eating and heating as her money runs out at the end of each month.
She relies on Universal Credit of £330 a month and has lost two stone in weight.
Louise Maddison says: ‘Next month’s electricity price rise fills me with dread. A rise in Universal Credit is essential’Credit: Richard Rayner
Louise limits her grocery shop to £100 a month and must use food banks.
She volunteers at a community arts project to avoid heating her home in Darlington, after utility bills soared.
Louise says: “Next month’s electricity price rise fills me with dread.
“A rise in Universal Credit is essential. Where else will people find the money?”
BIGGER FUEL DUTY CUT
MUM-of-three Jodi Westmacott and partner Claire Simmons work full-time and need two cars, spending £100 a week on petrol.
The Newport pair want fuel duty cut by more than 5p.
Jodi Westmacott says: ‘He shouldn’t go ahead with the increase in NI’
Jodi, 30, a carer on £18,000 a year, says: “It’s better than nothing but they could do more. I’ve got an 0.9-litre car but I drive in Eco mode to save money. It struggles to get up hills.
“Gas and electric is £150 a month. We can’t take much more.”
IT worker Claire, 37, on £37,000, says: “Everything is going up except our wages. He shouldn’t go ahead with the increase in NI.”
SINGLE mum Laura Gregory is on minimum wage and earns £750 a month as a dental nurse.
Laura, 34, from Gravesend, Kent, also gets £800 a month tax credit and £140 child benefit for daughter Summer, 16, and son Rossy, nine.
Laura Gregory says: ‘We need more help. Cutting the cost of petrol will help’Credit: JOHN McLELLAN
She says: “My salary isn’t going up but everything else is. My rent will go up in April.
“I’ve taken out a credit card to help with household bills because I know my outgoings will be more than my income. I expect to be in debt this year.
“We need more help. We need to help bosses to increase our salaries so we’re not all on minimum wage.
“Cutting the cost of petrol will help. The £150 towards our gas is fine but won’t do too much.”
MORE HELP FOR FUEL BILLS
RETIRED teacher Caroline Duddridge has gone back to work as a teaching assistant.
The Cardiff mum of five, 62, gets a £10,000-a-year civil service widow’s pension and a small teaching pension of £60 a month.
Caroline Duddridge says: ‘I have an old car so I dread the bills and the price of diesel’Credit: Huw Evans
But rising prices pushed her to work two days a week again.
She says: “I didn’t want to go back to work but had no choice. I don’t put the heating on now. I bought an electric fleecy blanket and sit in that in the evening. In the day I put on extra clothes.
“I have an old car so I dread the bills and the price of diesel.”
RESTORE PENSION LINK
GRANDMA Ronnie Moon wants the triple lock back for OAPs.
Ronnie, 69, can’t get by on her state pension of £179.60 a week.
Ronnie Moon says: ‘Living off the state pension is not possible’Credit: Darren Fletcher
With the axed inflation guarantee, her pension would have gone up by eight per cent instead of 3.1 per cent.
The ex-teaching assistant, from Wandsworth, South London, says: “The state pension doesn’t cover bills and living costs. I’m not spending much.
“Living off the state pension is not possible. Older people have worked a long time for their pension and still have outgoings. I am rapidly going through my savings.”
AID FOR SELF-EMPLOYED
ROXY OZALP’S income has dropped to £19,000 a year due to Covid.
She wants continued support for people struggling to keep their businesses afloat.
Roxy Ozalp says: ‘I hope Rishi brings relief for self-employed workers, with grants for those struggling’Credit: Supplied
The self-employed event producer, 36, says: “My finances are stressful. My expenses and living costs have been higher than my income since Covid.
“I hope Rishi brings relief for self-employed workers, with grants for those struggling.”
Roxy, from Haringey, North London, adds: “Covid saw countless small businesses going bankrupt. Self-employed people are still suffering.”
CANCEL N.I. HIKE
TAKEAWAY deli manager Jane Srachompu is taking a second job to fight the inflation crisis.
Single Jane, 46, earns £26,500 from her main job but also works two nights a week as a waitress.
Jane Srachompu is taking a second job to fight the inflation crisisCredit: Oliver Dixon
She has cut her food bills to £50 a week but the 1.25 per cent National Insurance rise will cost her £212 a year.
Jane, from Merton, South London, says: “The price of everything going up and NI is more bad news. The rise should be cancelled. My wages will be the same but I will take home less.
“Rent is a worry and I have sacrificed buying anything like clothes.”